The Blogging Women of Worthy’s Anatomy Tour – You’ve Got It Bad by Marissa Monteilh

You've Got It Bad




The good doctor, Dr. Makkai Worthy returns as Dr. Feelgood in the steamy sequel of a popular heart surgeon who repairs hearts in his professional life, yet breaks them in his personal life.

Dr. Makkai Worthy’s daughter Fonda is now five-years old, and her mother, Laurinda “Monday” Askins, who abandoned Fonda after giving birth, is back, and she vows to make good on her threat to get her daughter if it’s the last thing she does.

Dr. Feelgood is once again unattached after his split from Mary Jane Cherry, and his life-saving hands are full, as his love of women again rules his rolling stone life. But one sequence of dramatic events leads to another, and if Dr. Feelgood plans to save himself, he’ll need to break the generational curses that bind and face some unexpected truths.

Will his love of women continue to rule his world, or will he break all the rules and prove to himself, that having it bad, ain’t good!


Character: Dr. Lois Taylor

“Makkai’s biggest downside; he’s a womanizer. He pursues women lecherously. It seems like he can’t say no. If you can accept that as a woman, you’ll be fine. Otherwise, you’ll get your panties in a bunch and your heart broken. Actually, his inability to say no to women almost cost him his job years ago when he was falsely accused of rape. He shouldn’t have gone over to that married woman named Salina’s place to talk her out of suicide. Period.

I think Makkai will get through this, but with no pressure from me. As long as he does his job, which he’s excellent at, I’m wise enough to know to keep my head in it and my heart out of it.

We’ll see.

Oh, and speaking of head, contrary to the rumor that my real name is Louis and not Lois . . . I am not a man.”



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1. Tell us about your book. How did you come up with the title?


The good doctor, Dr. Makkai Worthy, returns as Dr. Feelgood in the steamy sequel of a handsome, popular heart surgeon who repairs hearts in his professional life, yet breaks them in his personal life.

Dr. Makkai Worthy is a playboy from the heart and a chip off the old rolling-stone block, as his father has more children than he can even name. Makkai’s daughter, Fonda, is now five-years old and soon will be looking to her father to show her by example how a male should cherish a female. Mary Jane Cherry and Dr. Lois Taylor keep Makkai’s playboy plate full, along with a few new characters. One sequence of dramatic events leads to another, and if Makkai plans to save himself, he’ll need to break the generational curses that bind and face some unexpected truths. Will his love of women continue to rule his world, or will he break all the rules and prove to himself that having it bad, ain’t good?

I enjoy music and I always sprinkle the body of my stories with song titles. The first book in this series, Dr. Feelgood, was named after the title by Aretha Franklin, and it fit the character so well. I wanted another song title for the sequel and I was listening to Usher’s “U Got It Bad” and I knew I’d use that title because Dr. Feelgood has it bad indeed!

2.     What was the inspiration for You’ve Got It Bad?

The inspiration for You’ve Got It Bad started after meeting so many women who were dating playboys, or dating men in general who were not only unwilling to, but seemingly unable to. I decided to explore the reasons by creating a character. What makes a player play, a man chase? Why would a man prefer to stay single as opposed to settle down? Dr. Feelgood’s past and personality were fun to explore, and my pleasure to share.

3.     If You’ve Got It Bad were made into a movie, who would you have as your dream cast?

Great questions, I’ve never thought of that – perhaps Dr. Worthy – Boris Kojoe,  Mary Jane Cherry – Gabrielle Union, Monday – Tasha Smith, Carlos Jenkins – Mark Consuelos, Dr. Lois Taylor – Viola Davis, Roosevelt Worthy –  Charles Dutton, Corrine Cotton – Phylicia Rashad, Al Cotton – Billy D. Williams, and Erskalene Worthy – Alfre Woodard. Whew, let’s do it!


4. Set the mood for us…when you’re writing, you have to…

When I’m writing I might be sipping on some vino, but most times not (depends on the scene). I must be in a quiet room, preferably in my home office on my desktop (I know, some author can’t believe I write on a desktop) or in a hotel room on my laptop. I must have complete silence – no radio, TV, talking, traffic – okay, maybe the waves of the aquamarine ocean or the sound of the breeze along the leaves of the towering palms trees, but then I get my get behind back in the hotel room where my muse is, in the still of the quiet.

5.     What has been the most surprising and upsetting part of your literary journey?

The most surprising part of this literary journey has been the willingness of seasoned authors to give of their time and knowledge. The most upsetting part has been watching so many black-owned stores close their doors, as well as chain stores. The business is changing, and that’s good, but it has pushed many to the side, authors as well.

6.     When you’re not writing, what authors do you enjoy reading? What are you currently reading?

I enjoy reading Eric Jerome Dickey, Mary B. Morrison, Nakai Laushaul, and others. Currently I’m reading Message in a Bottle, by Nicholas Sparks.

7.  If you had to write your life story, what would the title be? How does that title portray your story?

Not necessarily my life story – I think if people want to read that they could read my first book, May December Souls, which is semi-autobiographical. But I’ve always wanted to write a book called Kiss and Tell, because I have kissed, yet not told about some very famous men!

8.     What are three things readers might be surprised to learn about you?

1) I wanted to be a professional race car driver. 2) My father wanted to name me Claudia, but my mother won out. 3) I’ve been stuck in elevators five times – I prefer to take the stairs! Oh, and a bonus – I was a gifted child – was!!!!

9.     What can your fans look forward to next?

I have a series of Erotic City books under my pen name, PYNK, which come out every six months through the end of 2014, and then in 2015 I plan to write the final book in the Hot Boyz trilogy, called L.A. Husbands and Wives. I might write a non-fiction book along the way that will teach men and women how to be romantic, or that book called Kiss and Tell.

Thank you again for allowing me to interview you on Tiffany Talks Books. Are there any last words for those who are reading this interview?

Tiffany, thanks for your great questions! I enjoy your blog page so much. You are gifted and funny and so sweet! Your support is cherished!


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Women of Worthys Anatomy tour

Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou

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Book Description

Release date: April 2, 2013
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple bestselling autobiographies. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother.For the first time, Angelou reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence—a presence absent during much of Angelou’s early life. When her marriage began to crumble, Vivian famously sent three-year-old Maya and her older brother away from their California home to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. The subsequent feelings of abandonment stayed with Angelou for years, but their reunion, a decade later, began a story that has never before been told. In Mom & Me & Mom, Angelou dramatizes her years reconciling with the mother she preferred to simply call “Lady,” revealing the profound moments that shifted the balance of love and respect between them.

Delving into one of her life’s most rich, rewarding, and fraught relationships, Mom & Me & Mom explores the healing and love that evolved between the two women over the course of their lives, the love that fostered Maya Angelou’s rise from immeasurable depths to reach impossible heights.

My Review

Knowing that Maya Angelou has already written one autobiography, I honestly was not expecting much from Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou. I was quite thrilled to be surprised because this book was excellent. Mom & Me & Mom deals primarily with Ms. Angelou’s relationships with her mother and her grandmother. And, in her own words:

“This book has been written to examine some of the ways love heals and helps a person to climb impossible heights and rise from immeasurable depths.”

Just like with her poetry, her writing of these relationships is completely mesmerizing. She speaks her truth of loss, hurt, and a wanting of more with such a high level of honesty that it is no surprise that reconciliation occurred between the parties. Ms. Angelou’s writing is fluid and flawless. It was with the following words from her mother that Maya Angelou decided she could do accomplish anything:

“No, you learned that you have power – power and determination. I love you and I am proud of you. With those two things, you can go anywhere and everywhere.”

I for one am overjoyed that she heard and received these words because otherwise the world would not have known the literary gem known as Maya Angelou.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Mom & Me & Mom from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

MY RATING: 5 Stars

Sharing Is Caring Sunday Meme

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Running from Solace by Nakia Laushaul

Book Description

Publication Date: April 14, 2011
2012 NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARDS FINALIST“She passed a hard candy over her shoulder as though whatever was in the tiny wrapper was supposed to make it all better. I clutched the peppermint in my hand and buried my face in the hard leather seat while she explained what was going to happen to me. She promised that I’d be safe from then on.”And so begins the journey of Naomi, whose amazing story picks up where the past and future intersect. As Naomi struggles to hide the ugly physical and emotional reminders of yesterday that insist on haunting her dreams, she crosses paths with a young boy, Xavier and his quick-tempered mother, Mona, who both share an interesting story much like her own.Running from Solace is an emotional tale which will send you catapulting on a breathless journey beyond breaking points and will finally lead you to believe in the power of accepting what is to be.
My Review

Rating: 5

Headline: Heartbreaking but Powerful!

As a young girl, Naomi has a life that none of us would like to experience. Her mother is a drug addict who often “lends” Naomi to her dealers to supply her habit. Even if you are not a child of abuse and/or neglect, the young girl’s pain can be understood as Nakia Laushaul’s writing technique pulls you in and forces you to feel as in your Naomi’s shoes. As an adult, Naomi’s demons still seem to haunt her and she is forced to face them when she meets a young boy by the name of Xavier. Will Naomi continue to run or will she finally find solace?

I kept hearing about this book, Running from Solace and I wanted to see for myself if it would live up to the hype. To say that it lived up to the hype would be a huge understatement because it is very rare that within one book I feel the range of emotions as I did while reading Nakia Laushaul’s words. I was literally drained at various times from being upset, disgusted, sad, gratified, and then feeling joy.  Any book that can make you genuinely feel this wide range of emotions sets itself apart from others that are currently on the market. Running from Solace is Nakia Laushaul’s debut novel but I am confident in saying that she will become a force within the literary world.

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